Advanced Issues in the Management of Individuals Who Are Tracheotomized and Ventilator Dependent
Using the most recent evidence, this program explores the so-called “trach effect” in individuals with and without dysphagia, the safety and efficacy of using blue dye during clinical swallow examinations, the effect of tracheotomy tube occlusion status on secretions and swallow function, and the SLP's role ventilator weaning and swallowing rehabilitation. Effective translation of research evidence to clinical practice is reviewed. Clinical examples of unusual tracheotomy tube complications are presented.
You will be able to:
- describe the most recent evidence regarding the so-called “trach effect” in individuals with and without dysphagia
- compare general and specific tracheostomy tubes
- describe the safety and efficacy of using blue dye during clinical swallow examinations of individuals with tracheotomy tubes
- describe the potential effects of tracheotomy tube occlusion status on secretion levels and swallow function
- identify various ventilator settings, and the role of the SLP in management approaches to weaning, swallowing rehabilitation, and speech or other forms of communication
- identify common complications associated with prolonged tracheotomy tube use
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